life Parenting Weekend

Quick Tidbits

April 27, 2021

⚽️ G did not go to soccer on Saturday. I asked a few separate times if she was ready to go and she consistently said “No, I don’t want to do it today, maybe another time” so . . . I spared us both the pain of the prior week and we skipped it. Sunk cost and I’ve decided (thanks to insights from many of you!) that given her age this is not going to sentence her to a gritless future.

We watched C play tennis instead and it was far more pleasant.

(Annabel did go to her soccer – 3rd in her series of 7 – and really enjoyed it again! So that was nice.)

Go A!
Mommy I prefer spectating

📚 We organized the kids’ bookshelves and craft cabinet on Sunday. Will it stay organized? Probably not. But it was satisfying nonetheless. It’s amazing how they will find toys and activities that had previously gone ignored for months/years when things are no longer a jumble.

This is pretty much all of their non-craft toys that are ‘out’ (others in the garage though honestly I’m ready to donate everything out there! Josh probably isn’t though. This is not all of their books though; there are two other kid bookshelves upstairs.

🌿 We’ve had some good mornings but nights are still . . a work in progress. Last night was horrific but the kids lost their screen time and I think they (well, the big ones anyway) kind of processed it and learned something. So hopefully today will be better!


✅ Peloton strength (chest / back + core)

❏ Take kids to schoool

❏ Deep Work block (have to edit & resubmit a project to the IRB — working on project with some residents looking at the increase in type 2 diabetes diagnoses during the pandemic. But I haven’t been a PI for any kind of clinical research EVER so I am learning as I go . . .)

❏ Walk (for a break)

❏ Take A to orthodontist (work while there)

❏ 4:30 work meeting

❏ Hopefully a better night with the kids!


  • Reply Lori C April 27, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Sounds like a fun weekend! I’ve had the decluttering bug too, so I bit the bullet and bought Simple Families Foundations course. The first half is home decluttering, second half mental decluttering. Format is similar to the 100 day program (ie you go through videos with homework online). I’m really liking it and her simplified toy space was really inspiring!! I ended up sending a bunch of toys on “vacation” and it’s funny to see how the kids play more now that they have less. Books are so hard to part with though, and thankfully my kids really love all the ones we have. So I’m trying a new idea of cycling through a handful that we have out, and keeping the rest tucked away. Of course, there’s always new stuff coming in which makes it a never ending battle!!

    • Reply Sam April 27, 2021 at 8:08 am

      I’ll have to check that out! I’ve been trying to declutter, but it feels like an uphill battle.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 27, 2021 at 8:12 am

      Oh that’s great to hear! I considered trying that – maybe I will!

      • Reply Gillian April 27, 2021 at 8:31 am

        I took the first iteration of the course (then called the Master Class). It was great. It got me to rethink something about my house, especially my kitchen and drop zone that were helpful. I tend to be a pretty relaxed parent (this would surprise anyone who ever met me, but it is true) and so I found the second part less helpful–still I think it was great. I do find her sibling advice really helpful.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns April 27, 2021 at 9:06 am

    I’ve been getting rid of things as Will outgrows them and it feels AMAZING. We don’t have a ton of storage in our house and one closet is entirely filled with baby/kid stuff. It will be so nice to gain that space back! Not that I plan to fil it with anything else – it’s just nice to have extra storage space. I’m like Gretchen Rubin and love an empty shelf or under-utilized closet! Our toy storage is not great but our living room is really small so we just have a small corner for toys. I need to have our son go through it and figure out what he wants to move downstairs so it looks less cluttered. Or I could just decide for him when he’s at school – I kind of doubt he’d notice anything was missing!

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